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Mold Prevention Tips: Keeping Your Home Healthy

One of the biggest dangers of water damage in your home is the potential for a mold problem to develop. Mold is a major concern because it can cause health problems like a sore throat, coughing, wheezing, burning eyes, and runny nose. Some people may have more serious reactions like asthma attacks or lung infections. Fortunately, by using professional water damage cleanup in Sandy Springs after a flood and by knowing a few tips for preventing mold in your home, you can avoid mold growth and keep your home and health safe. Here are some things you can do to inhibit mold growth after experiencing water damage.

Consistent Temperature

Even if you haven’t experienced water damage or flooding in your home, you can still experience mold growth because of the moisture in the air. Mold spores are in the air and get in through doors, vents, windows, and through the HVAC system. If there’s excess moisture in your home, the mold spores can easily grow and spread. One way to combat this is to keep the temperature in your home consistent throughout the year. Seventy-eight degrees is a good temperature to help dry out the air and keep mold spores from growing.

Low Humidity

 It’s also important to keep the humidity level in your home at an optimal level. Dormant mold spores can become active when the indoor humidity level reaches 60%. If your HVAC system is unable to keep the humidity level around 50%, you may want to consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier as part of your HVAC system to help prevent these dormant mold spores from growing.

Good Ventilation

 Keeping your home properly ventilated can also help cut down on excess humidity and help prevent mold growth. The best way to do this is to open the windows and doors at the same time when the temperatures outside allow. You’ll also want to make sure your roof is ventilating properly, and that bathroom ventilation fans are working properly because if they’re not, you could have mold start growing in the attic from condensation.

Eliminate Water Accumulation

 There are numerous places in your home where water can gather, so it’s important to keep these places dried out as much as possible. Some typical places that see ongoing moisture are dripping or leaking pipes, a leaky roof, and freezer or refrigerator pans. Crawl spaces also tend to be damp areas in the home, so you may want to install a vapor barrier that will keep that additional moisture out of your home. Make sure ducts are sealed so that you don’t have mold growing in wall voids.

Clean Water Damage Immediately

 Anytime you experience water damage, regardless of how severe it is, you need to make sure the damage is addressed and cleaned up right away. Mold begins to grow in 24-48 hours, so make sure you start the cleanup process right away.

Consult Professionals

 Finally, to avoid water damage mold in Sandy Springs, be sure to call a professional for help when you have water damage. The professionals will ensure the cleanup process begins right away to help minimize the chances of mold growth. They’ll remove the water and excess humidity quickly and use EPA-registered anti-microbial cleaners that will kill mold spores and prevent mold growth. If you’ve experienced water damage, be sure to call Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC right away to clean up the water and prevent mold.